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Seattle Area Museums:

Bellevue Arts Museum

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 | 425-519-0770

With its unique focus on art, craft and design, BAM connects people of all ages with extraordinary works by Northwest artists while bringing national and international exhibitions to the community. Rather than permanent collections, the museum hosts a variety of rotating exhibitions and features an extensive selection of classes and workshops.

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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

17th Ave NE and NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98195 | 206-543-5590

Located on the University of Washington campus, the Burke Museum is the premier museum of natural history and culture in the Pacific Northwest. From conservation photography, to recent discoveries in natural history, to the finest traditional and contemporary cultural arts, Burke exhibits invite all visitors to examine the critical issues of our time.

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Center for Wooden Boats

Center for Wooden Boats

1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109 | 206-382-2628

The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union is a popular maritime museum dedicated to preserving and telling the story of Northwest wooden small craft and maritime culture. The Center maintains a fleet of historic wooden boats and offers boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109 | 206-753-4940

Chihuly Garden and Glass is a brand new art experience showcasing the most significant works of internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer Dale Chihuly. Located at the Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass includes an Exhibition Hall with eight galleries and three Drawing Walls, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden.

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Flying Heritage Collection

Flying Heritage Collection

3407 109th Street SW, Everett, WA 98204 | 206-342-4242

The Flying Heritage Collection is a premier aviation attraction, with something of interest for visitors of all ages. The planes of Flying Heritage are primarily former WWII combat aircraft, and come from the private collection of Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder). Many of these historic aircraft are the last of their kind and have been restored to flying condition.

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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407 | 253-591-5339

Despite the name and the resemblance to old army stockades, Fort Nisqually was never a military installation but rather a fur trading outpost established by the Hudson Bay Company in 1833. This living history museum is located in Point Defiance Park, and includes a trade store, blacksmith shop, laborers dwelling house, demonstration kitchen, and kitchen garden.

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Frye Art Museum

Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 | 206-622-9250

The Frye Art Museum opened in Seattle in 1952. Its emphasis is on painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present, featuring artists such as Eugene Boudin, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Felix Ziem, Eugene Isabey, and others. Admission is free, and both public and private tours are available. Frye also offers a wide range of educational art programs.

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Future of Flight Aviation Center

Future of Flight Aviation Center

8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275 | 425-438-8100

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Explore the interactive exhibits and displays in our 28,000-square-foot Aviation Center Gallery; then go behind the scenes for a 90-minute tour of the Boeing plant where you can watch 747s, 777s, or 787s being assembled right before your eyes.

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Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum

4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 | 253-858-6722

The Harbor History Museum features 7,000 square feet of permanent gallery space filled with artifacts, video kiosks, computer interactives, and a small theater. The museum is dedicated to teaching visitors and locals about the rich history of the Gig Harbor area. Many of the exhibits focus on the area's Native America tribes and maritime history.

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Klondike Gold Rush Museum

Klondike Gold Rush Museum

319 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 | 206-220-4240

The Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park, an unassuming little hidden treasure tucked away in the historic Cadillac Hotel building in Pioneer Square, is actually more of a museum, filled with all kinds of interesting exhibits relating to the Gold Rush era and Seattle's connection to it. Various programs are offered during summer months.

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LeMay - America's Car Museum

LeMay - America's Car Museum

2702 East D. St., Tacoma, WA 98421 | 253-779-8490

America's Car Museum spotlights America's love affair with the automobile. This four-level, 165,000-sq.-ft. museum in Tacoma is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world's automotive culture. The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection.

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Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 | 206-764-5720

Located at the south end of Boeing Field, the Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the Red Barn - the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co.

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Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA 98402 | 866-468-7386

Experience contemporary glass art in a breathtakingly beautiful museum on Tacoma's revitalized waterfront. In addition to inspiring exhibitions of glass in the galleries, you can watch the glass-blowers at work as they create masterpieces from molten glass. You'll also marvel at the remarkable Chihuly Bridge of Glass. A definite must-see in Tacoma!

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Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109 | 206-324-1126

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. Offering over 4 million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials, MOHAI is the largest private heritage organization in Washington state. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits as well as child and adult education programs.

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Museum of Pop Culture

Museum of Pop Culture

325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 | 206-770-2700

Let there be rock! Formerly known as the EMP Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture is located across from the Space Needle at the Seattle Center and is a must-see for music lovers. The museum features touring exhibitions of music memorabilia, permanent collections such as the Guitar Gallery, a Sound Lab that allows museum-goers to learn the basics of playing various instruments, and so much more!

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Northwest Railway Museum

Northwest Railway Museum

38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 | 425-888-3030

All aboard, railroad enthusiasts! The town of Snoqualmie celebrates its origins as a railroad and logging town with the Snoqualmie Depot museum that has been restored to its turn of the century grandeur and is presented as an operating train station. The museum is home to a wide range of historic railroad artifacts and hosts guided tours.

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Naval Undersea Museum

Naval Undersea Museum

1 Garnett Way, Keyport, WA 98345 | 1-877-877-1950

Located in the town of Keyport on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Naval Undersea Museum is one of ten official U.S. Navy museums around the country, and the only one that focuses on the Navy's undersea technology and weaponry. Over 39,000 artifacts are housed at the museum's facilities, including everything from torpedoes and undersea mines, to diving equipment, submersibles, and more.

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Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 | 206-443-2001

Pacific Science Center, located under the arches near the Space Needle in Seattle, features five buildings of hands-on science exhibits, two IMAX theaters (one with IMAX 3D technology), laser light shows and a planetarium. Admission also includes Live Science Stage shows, Discovery Carts, Laser Dome and much more!

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Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 | 206-654-3100

From its special exhibitions featuring the art of such powerhouses as Gauguin and Picasso, to its culturally diverse permanent collections, the Seattle Art Museum never disappoints. The museum also features a variety of workshops, lectures, films, and other public programs that serve to further its goal of promoting the understanding and appreciation of art.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Asian Art Museum

1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112 | 206-654-3100

Located in Seattle's Volunteer Park in an art deco building from the 1930's, Seattle Asian Art Museum is an extension of Seattle Art Museum, and features a wide variety of Asian art and artifacts from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The park outside offers beautiful views of downtown Seattle.

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SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 | 360-738-3886

Formerly known as the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, this interactive museum in Bellingham features a collection of artifacts showcasing four centuries of human innovation from 1580 into the 1950s. Exhibits include a reproduction of the radio room of the Titanic, a Collins 1909 wireless telephone, a working 1929 theremin, and much more.

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Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 | 253-272-4258

The Tacoma Art Museum, located in Tacoma's Cultural District, offers a collection of over 3,000 pieces, 70 percent of which consist of works by Northwest artists such as Morris Graves, Jacob Lawrence, Joseph Park, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Patti Warashina. Visitors will also find an exhibit of Dale Chihuly's work on long-term display.

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Washington State History Museum

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98004 | 253-272-9747

The Washington State History Museum uses interactive exhibits, dramatic artifacts, storytelling through theatrical performance, and high-tech displays to teach people about the state of Washington's history. The history lab on the top floor even offers attendies a hands-on approach to learning. Located in Tacoma, the museum also features 106,000 square feet of exhibit space.

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Wing Luke Museum

Wing Luke Museum

719 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98104 | 206-623-5124

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is dedicated to immersing people in uniquely-American stories of survival, success, struggle, conflict, compassion and hope. The Museum is in the heart of Seattle's vibrant Chinatown-International District, and includes the very hotel where countless immigrants first found a home, a meal and refuge.

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